Mille Lacs stands by decision on ousted executive The Mille Lacs Band Assembly stands by yesterday's decision to remove Melanie Benjamin as chief executive of the tribe. A petition with supporting Benjamin's removal, outlines several instances where she allegedly used tribal money for personal use.6:35 a.m.
Failed levies take toll on school board members More than 50 Minnesota school districts will ask voters for more money in the November election. Some districts pass these levy and bonding issues the first time, others try many times with little success. The failed votes affect students directly, but also have an impact on school board members.6:50 a.m.
Poll finds split on outdoors amendment A new Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows the level of support might not be sufficient to pass a constitutional amendment.7:20 a.m.
A guide to the St. Paul Arts Crawl The 26th St. Paul Art Crawl opens tomorrow, giving art lovers the chance to immerse themselves in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood and to sample the wares of more than 300 artists.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Obama Campaign Marches Into GOP Battlegrounds
The Democratic presidential ticket put in a full day of campaigning Wednesday. Barack Obama has been mining for votes in states that have been considered Republican turf, like Indiana — which President Bush won twice. Vice presidential nominee Joe Biden began his day in Tampa.
McCain Says He Can Tackle The Economy
Since slipping behind in the polls, Republican hopeful John McCain has been intensifying his attacks on Democrat Barack Obama. Mindful that the economy is uppermost in voters' minds, McCain repeated Wednesday the proposal he floated in Tuesday's debate: having the government come directly to the aid of people whose homes have lost value and who can't meet their monthly payments.
British Rescue Plan Brings Collective Sigh Of Relief
It's been one day since a multibillion-dollar rescue package was put forward by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Politicians in Britain warned Wednesday against measuring the success of the plan by looking at the stock exchange. Public reaction has been one of relief, although ordinary investors are angry that the banks are being bailed out.
China Holds On To Its Purse Strings
There has been hope and speculation that Asian countries, particularly China, might step in and buy stakes in failing U.S. financial institutions. China is the world's fastest growing economy, and it has the world's largest foreign exchange reserves. But for now, China is not expected to rush to the rescue.
Spain's Banco Santander Weathers Crisis — For Now
Spain's Banco Santander remains a robust international financial institution. Strong lending principles and local retail banking led to a $6.5 billion profit in the first half of the year. It does face the same threat as all other banks, however — a lack of consumer confidence.
Judge In Stevens Trial: Some Evidence Tainted
A federal judge has ruled that some key evidence in the trial of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens will be struck from the case. Judge Emmet Sullivan will tell the jury to disregard it because of prosecutorial misconduct. Stevens is accused of not including gifts and services he received on his Senate financial disclosure forms.
Multitasking Teens May Be Muddling Their Brains
Many teens today bounce between computers, music, cell phones and homework. They might appear superproductive, but science says otherwise: Every time we switch tasks, the brain shuts down connections to key information.
Iceland's Biggest Bank Seized In Stabilization Effort
Iceland is one of the more dramatic casualties of the global financial crisis. Government officials trying to shore up the banking system seized control of the country's biggest bank Thursday. Earlier this week, the prime minister warned that the entire country could go bankrupt.
Wachovia Deal Still In Legal Limbo
It will be at least one more day before Citigroup and Wells Fargo can settle their dispute over which company gets to buy banking giant Wachovia. Citigroup and Wells Fargo agreed to extend their legal standstill until Friday. Meanwhile, at Wachovia's home base in Charlotte, N.C., anxious workers await their fate.
Fast, Citywide WiFi Launches In Baltimore
The nation's first rollout of WiMax has launched in Baltimore. Steve Inskeep talks with tech commentator Mario Armstrong about the fourth-generation Internet service. It's a wireless connection that is fast and allows a subscriber to roam across the city.